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An exceptional, large Hopi “triple-overlay” style silver bolo by Michael Kabotie (Lomawywesa)

An absolutely gorgeous and large-scale rectangular-shaped silver bolo by the famed Hopi silversmith and painter, Michael Kabotie (1942-2009), son of renowned artist and Hopi Guild Founder, Fred Kabotie and

Co-Founder in his own right of the influential Artists Hopid.

Michael’s jewelry is not easy to come by as he made precious little of it and this bolo is only the second bolo of Michael’s we have ever seen available. It is exquisitely crafted in his unique hand-etched “triple-overlay” style in which multiple layers of silver give enhanced depth and relief to the artistic composition. The bolo measures 3 7/8” inches width and 1 3/4” in height and it weighs 85 grams or 3 ounces.  The large handmade silver tips measure 2 1/2” in length. The bolo, silver tips and black braided leather tie are in almost-new original condition and is signed “Lomawywesa”, Kabotie’s Hopi name in his characteristic cursive signature on the back. A portion of the signature has been obscured by silver solder from the attachment of the slide, but it is unmistakable.

This bolo would be equally impressive when worn by either a man or a woman. This is a true Southwestern jewelry masterwork by a brilliant and extremely significant master artist.